12 July 1974

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 9 The Air That I Breathe  – Hollies
2 3 7 Waterloo  – ABBA
3 4 7 Emma  – Hot Chocolate
4 2 14 Solitaire  – Andy Williams
5 7 5 Tchip Tchip  – Dan Hill
6 5 7 There Won’t be Anymore  – Charlie Rich
7 10 8 Haai Casanova  – Glenys Lynne
8 6 14 Seasons in the Sun  – Terry Jacks
9 8 17 Loving Arms  – Dobie Gray
10 16 3 Ma! (He’s Making Eyes at Me)  – Lena Zavaroni
11 9 11 Dark Lady  – Cher
12 15 5 Little Soldier Blue  – Gwynneth Ashley-Robin
13 11 10 Hooked on a Feeling  – Blue Swede
14 17 4 TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)  – MFSB
15 19 2 Baby, Baby Answer Me (I’m Calling)  – Peter Vee
16 13 7 The Show Must Go On  – Leo Sayer
17 12 13 I Need a Little Love  – Lionel Petersen
18 14 15 The Entertainer  – Marvin Hamlisch
19 New 1 Sundown  – Gordon Lightfoot
20 20 2 Give a Little Love  – Little Ronnie Joyce

‘The Air That I Breathe’ by The Hollies enjoyed a second week at the top of the charts while Abba’s ‘Waterloo’ at 2 and Hot Chocolate’s ‘Emma’ at 3 were giving those acts their highest placing to date in the charts.

Lena Zavaroni’s ‘Ma! (He’s Making Eyes at Me)’ was the climber of the week. It moved up 6 from 16 to 10 to take the award. Little Jimmy Osmond, who was the only person younger than Lena to chart, had managed the biggest climber twice.

One of last week’s new entries, Peter Vee’s ‘Baby, Baby Answer Me (I’m Calling)’, was the only other star rater this week as it moved up 4 from 19 to 15.

Lionel Petersen picked up his 3rd biggest faller award as ‘I Need A Little Love’ dropped 5 from 12 to 17 to take the award for the second time. Petersen had also seen a biggest faller once with ‘Come Back Liza’.

Dobie Gray’s ‘Loving Arms’ was the oldest in the chart for the second week. It sat on 17 weeks.

‘Everything I Want To Do’ by Albert Hammond dropped out of the charts after a run of 11 weeks. This brought to an end Hammond’s 38 week run in the charts as an artist, the 4th best run to date. That run had consisted of 9 weeks with ‘The Free Electric Band’ followed by 18 weeks with ‘The Peacemaker’ which entered the charts the same week that ‘The Free Electric band’ left. ‘The Peacemaker’ shared it’s 19th week in the chart with ‘Everything I want To Do’ and the latter had then gone on to spend a further 10 weeks in the charts on its own. However, Hammond’s name still appeared on the label of 1 song on the chart and that was in the song writer’s slot on The Hollies’ ‘The Air That I Breathe’. He and co-writer, Mike Hazelwood had now spent 39 consecutive weeks in the charts as song writers and this equalled the second best effort to date which Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘John Fogerty had managed. They were still a long way off the all-time record run by a song writer of 92 weeks which Terry Demsey had managed. Hazelwood and Hammond were also celebrating their 80th week in total in the charts as song writers. 27 song writers so far had managed this level of weeks.

Gordon Lightfoot set a new record for gaps between hits by Canadian male artists. He had last been seen in the top 20 in September 1971 with ‘Me And Bobby McGee’, a total of 146 weeks previous. This beat R. Dean Taylor’s record gap for a Canadian male by 38 weeks. His new one, ‘Sundown’ entered at number 19  this week and was his second hit in SA and the 21st by a Canadian artist. ‘Sundown made number 1 in the US where it ousted Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods’ ‘Billy Don’t Be A Hero’ from the top. It also made the top of the Canadian charts where, in strange twist, it was ousted from the number 1 spot by Bo Donaldsons’ ‘Billy Don’t Be A Hero’. Aside from those chart feats, it made number 4 in Australia, 14 in Ireland and Zimbabwe, 16 in Holland, 30 in Germany and 33 in the UK.

Lionel Petersen celebrated having spent a total of 20 weeks in the charts. He was the 141st act and 37th local act to manage this.

For the first time in 16 weeks we saw the average number of weeks that the top 20 songs had been with us creep above 8 as it moved on to 8.05.

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